Square of the Distance & Close Contact: Photography, Nature, and the Alternative Process

Where: 1628 Ltd., 11 Garfield Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45202
What/When: Free Opening Event, Saturday, Sept 12, 2020, 12PM-5PM, Timed Entry
Exhibition Duration:  Sept 3 – Nov 21: Monday – Friday, 9 – 5pm



We are pleased to invite you to join 1628 Ltd. to view our newest fall exhibitions. 

The first floor gallery will house the exhibition Square of the Distance, featuring local and national artists  Jane Alden Stevens, Tracy Longley-Cook, Janelle Young and Christine Zuercher. The second floor gallery exhibition is titled Close Contact: Photography, Nature, and the Alternative Process, and will feature local and national artists Linda Alterwitz, Emily Barnett, Anita Douthat, Luke Kindle, and Kirsten Ledbetter.

Square of the Distance

One of the fundamental rules that govern photography is the Inverse Square Law. The intensity of light is inversely proportional to the distance it travels. This exhibition seeks to examine the effect of distance on the act of photographing. This idea of distance can be metaphorical or conceptual. Distance could be physical distance or a distance of memory. Distance’s effect on sharpness or softness on things like shadows or vision. Distance’s effect on color such as the blue of the distance.

Square of the Distance features the work of local and national artists  Jane Alden Stevens, Tracy Longley-Cook, Janelle Young and Christine Zuercher.

Close Contact: Photography, Nature, and the Alternative Process

Photography as a medium has been used to document and record nature since its invention in the early 19th century. Photography is connected to nature not just as the photographic subject, but in its dependence on light to create an image.

Light is the activator for growth in nature, and the activator in both lens-based photography and alternative process photography. In lens-based photography, light is captured and recorded to create an image, so the natural world can be captured in real time. Alternative photographic processes, like cyanotypes and photograms, have been used by early botanists to record plant life, by exposing light sensitive paper with collected objects arranged on top, leaving a silhouette. Today, artists continue to use both lens-based photography and alternative processes that urge artists into close contact with nature, exploring the relationship that still exists with the natural world.

Linda Alterwitz and Emily Barnett both explore the natural world and our natural bodies using science diagrams and information to create photographic collages. Luke Kindle draws a narrative between the animal and person through his work. Kirsten Ledbetter and Anita Douthat study beauty in natural forms through cyanotypes and photograms. 

Through their work, these artists shed light on our interdependence with the natural world and its remaining mystic qualities that spur investigation and wonder inside ourselves.


A portion of the funding for our fall exhibitions was supplied through the FotoFocus 2020 Emergency Art Grant.  

Opening Guidelines:

The official opening date for the exhibition will be Saturday, September 12 from 12PM-5PM. Our opening event will be broken up into five time slots (12PM, 1PM, 2PM, 3PM, & 4PM). This is a free ticketed event. Tickets are required to attend the exhibition to manage the number of guests in the facility at a time. 

Each session will last 45 minutes and will have a maximum of 40 entrants per session with ample space to social distance. After each session, the facility will be sanitized. 1628 is committed to making our gallery a place where visitors can come and feel safe, comfortable, and healthy. 

Social distancing guidelines to prioritize the safety of our guests are as follows:.

  • We will be limiting the amount of guests allowed into the gallery to 40 at one time to allow for proper distancing. 
  • All patrons will be required to wear masks when inside the facility as well as maintaining a six foot distance from those not in your party.
  • Sanitation stations will be provided for guests to sanitize their hands if they choose. 
  • Anyone feeling unwell should postpone their visit for another time.
  • We will not be hosting a food and beverage service. 
  • The pieces in the exhibition will be numbered to promote a steady flow of guests throughout the facility. 
  • The exhibition opening will occur on Saturday, September 12 from 12PM-5PM, but the exhibition will remain up until November in order to encourage guests to come after opening day. 
  • The exhibition will be digitally scanned so that viewers may also enjoy the exhibition virtually. 

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